RETHINKING 'ONE CHINA': A FICTION MORE DANGEROUS THAN USEFUL?
Recorded on February 26, 2004
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
Do the words "one China" legitimate Beijing's threats to use force
to resolve the "internal affair" of Taiwan's century-old separation
from Beijing? Can American leaders reconcile the diametrically
opposed policies of defending Taiwan's democratic identity and
adhering to a "one China" policy that implies that Taiwan's
democracy should be subordinate to China's dictatorship? What does
"one China" really mean in the U.S. diplomatic lexicon? Where did
the "one China" policy come from? Can the United States sustain a
policy that was crafted in the Cold War and has gone unchanged
despite Tiananmen, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the emergence
of a vibrant Taiwan state, and China's emergence as a "great power"
competitor in the Asia-Pacific Region?
Congressman Peter Deutsch, a member of the Congressional Taiwan
Caucus will discuss the views from Capitol Hill, and four of
America's foremost advocates of a new China policy will discuss the
implications of "rethinking 'One China.'"
Papers: Readings for
"Rethinking 'One China'"